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February 2013Monthly Archives

GeoMapApp – A recommendation from a friend

“GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) compilation that hosts high resolution (~100 m node spacing) bathymetry from multibeam data for ocean areas and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) and NED (National Elevation Dataset) topography datasets for the global land masses.”

Download here 

Herdman Symposium 2013 – Geoscience Frontiers

Sooooo looking forward to the Valentines weekend this year!

The Herdman Symposium 2013 – Geoscience Frontiers – will be taking place on 16/2/13 in Liverpool.

There are a great list of speakers planned, and I’m especially psyched to see Dr Ed Llewellin and Prof Paul Wignall’s presentations!

List of Guest Speakers & Titles

  • Dr Roger Benson (Oxford) “Dinosaur evolution and Mesozoic faunas as a guide to biodiversity”
  • Dr Gareth Collins (Imperial) “Impact: Earth! The hazard and mitigation of asteroid impacts”
  • Prof Fergus Gibb (Sheffield) “Nuclear waste: geology has a better answer”
  • Prof Cor Langereis (Utrecht) “The past and future of the Mediterranean”
  • Dr Ed Llewellin (Durham) “Bubble, bang, burp! Big experiments in volcano physics”
  • Prof Paul Wignall (Leeds) “The end-Permian mass extinction and its aftermath: out of the frying pan and into the fire”

The full program can be found here

The Production of Geoscientists: a cautionary tale from the Open University

“Despite global recession, worldwide job opportunities for geoscientists are increasing faster than the number of available applicants. In the US the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 21% growth in this sector in 2010-2020 (Perkins, S. 2011. Geosciences: Earth works.  Nature, v. 473, p. 243–244). That figure does not include jobs freed-up by retirement: the demographics of employed geoscientists in the petroleum and mining industries are skewed markedly to the over-40s, peaking at age 50.”

Read the full article here

The start of Oceanography….

Well, I have started going through the course materials for oceanography, and (despite having started reading the first book some months ago) am now starting again – my brain appears to be a sieve!  Should be quicker this time though, lol!

AND it is more Geology that the other coursebooks!

Tomorrow I will add some more relevant links for the subject in the Links section of my website.

The first book is called “The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution” and is published by the OU – numerous authors including good old Dave Rothery!  Im reading a few other related books on the side, so it should be an interesting year – I do not think I have studied so much non- geology material since my first year S103 – we will see how it all goes!

I am determined to cram it all into my head somehow!

Have a good week, folks!